'''Mary Anne Evans''' (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880; alternatively "Mary Ann" or "Marian"), known by her pen name
'''George Eliot''', was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era
. She is the author of seven novels, including ''Adam Bede
'' (1859), ''The Mill on the Floss
'' (1860), ''Silas Marner
'' (1861), ''Middlemarch
'' (1871–72), and ''Daniel Deronda
'' (1876), most of which are set in provincial England and known for their realism (arts)|realism
and psychological insight.
She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works would be taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot's life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women writing only lighthearted romances. She also wished to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as an editor and critic. An...